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So far, Bloom has given a decent to very good critique of the negative effect of moral relativism on the classroom environment, and complained about how the rock and roll is destroying the American mind. He has some really good ideas that are still relevant, but also sprinkles enough crazy ranting about youth since the sixties that he drowns out his good ideas with a cultural analysis that steps too far into angry finger pointing at those meddlin' kids. Yes, I agree that one should have a solid foundation in the classics, and, rather than giving every culture ever equal weight and consideration ('while listening to your iPod' or some other irony), we should recognize some of the freedoms the dead white guys have helped us toward (i.e. no female circumcision), but Bloom takes it a step too far in what seems like the typical reactionary rant. He may have been a great talking head for the cable news channels, had he survived, though I get the impression from Ravelstein that he would have been far too morally superior for such things. I'm awaiting his take on love, sex, and eros. And the chapter on Nietzche, who has been lurking in the background throughout the first part of the book.